First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Is Your AC Struggling to Shut Off?

Monday, July 26th, 2021

It’s hot here in New Mexico, which might make you think that your air conditioner is supposed to be running all day. While we use our AC systems as much as physically possible, they’re not actually supposed to keep running indefinitely until you switch them off. This is actually a very bad sign, and it will likely lead you down the path of an early system replacement.

Let’s think about this for a moment. If you’re invested in the quality and longevity of your AC, and you’d like to avoid air conditioning repairs in Albuquerque, NM, then you should want to run your system optimally. This means that your air conditioner should run for a normal amount of time, not too long, and not too short.

Let’s discuss why an air conditioner might struggle to turn off, and we’ll even tell you how long an air conditioner should run if it’s performing optimally.

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Why Choose an Evaporative Cooler?

Monday, June 28th, 2021

You might have heard the term “evaporative cooler” once or twice at the last friendly barbeque. Or, you might be an expert and you’re looking for some interesting facts about these unique systems. Regardless of where you come from, we want to talk about evaporative coolers because they’re such a powerful and unique piece of equipment that not enough homeowners take advantage of.

  • Are you looking for a unique, affordable, and efficient cooling system for your home? Check.
  • Are you looking for a powerful AC system that’s designed specifically for our climate? Check.
  • Do you want to learn more and explore your air conditioning options? Check.

If you’re nodding your head as you read through these points, then you’re in the right place. Let’s talk about what it takes to own a system like this, what evaporative cooler repair in Albuquerque, NM entails, and why you might consider calling us.

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What Does the R-22 Phase Out Mean for You?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Back in 2020, we talked a lot about the January phase-out of R-22. This was huge, because there were still so many air conditioners in our area and the rest of the United States that used Freon as the primary refrigerant. Sure, no manufacturers were making new systems, but plenty of innocent, unsuspecting homeowners were running into incredibly expensive repairs because of this problem.

So, we understand that 2020 and the first half of 2021 haven’t been even close to normal, but we think it’s time to return to that topic. If you’ve been looking at an air conditioning installation in Albuquerque, NM, or if you’re exploring options for AC repair, and you notice the term “R-410A” refrigerant, or the colloquial term “Puron,” then please keep reading!

We’ll discuss Freon, Puron, and what the January 2020 phase-out means for you and your family. Don’t worry, as long as you’ve got our number, you’ve got a trustworthy professional who can help.

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3 Common AC Problems

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

There are two types of homeowners that we encounter. The first is the kind that’s going to call us first no matter how severe the problem is with their air conditioner. We always value these kinds of customers because it shows that you trust us, and it reminds us to always put our best foot forward and give you accurate information that will save you money.

The second type of homeowner we encounter is the kind that’s only going to call our team for air conditioning repair in Albuquerque, NM when they have to. After days, weeks, or months of a strange noise or poor performance, they’ll finally (and begrudgingly) call us for help. Well, for all of you out there that would rather ignore the problem—this blog post is for you!

Take a look at some common AC problems we regularly fix, and let’s discuss why they can be a huge problem when left alone.

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Swamp Coolers: Converting to Refrigerated Air

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Not all cooling systems are the same. Depending on where you live, different air conditioners will provide different results that can impact comfort, your budget, your indoor air quality, and your energy efficiency. That’s why today we’d like to focus on an underdog in the HVAC industry, the evaporative cooler (also known as the swamp cooler).

Swamp coolers in Albuquerque, NM are unique in the fact that they can cool your home at a hyper-efficient rate without the use of refrigerant. These systems rely on cool moisture, which can have a big impact in environments that are dry and hot.

Keep reading as we get into the details of how swamp coolers work, why they’re so great in our area, and how one could benefit your home. We don’t talk about technology that we don’t absolutely recommend for homeowners, so it’s time you understood why we recommend these systems.

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Contactor Trouble? A Guide to Electrical AC Repair

Monday, September 7th, 2020

What exactly is a contactor? That’s a good question, and something we hope to answer in this blog post. However, just answering your miscellaneous electrical questions won’t get at the heart of what we’re trying to do. We want you to be ready for electrical malfunctions with a handy guide at your side.

Contactors are responsible for turning the air conditioner on and off. The “clicking” noise you hear when the system first starts up is the contactor signaling the system to either start or stop. While these electrical components are pretty reliable, they do break down from time to time and it’s up to us to repair them and get them back up and running.

Have more questions about the electrical components of your air conditioner? We thought you would! Keep reading for more information and don’t forget to call our helpful pros for AC repair in Albuquerque, NM.

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Problems That Could Lead to AC Replacement

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Our motto here at First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc is “quality work, exuberant service.” That’s because we know our way around an air conditioning system. We know how to repair them, how to install them, and when it’s clear that replacement is necessary.

Unfortunately, every air conditioner has its own lifespan. We can’t guarantee that your system will run for the full 15 years that we say it should. There often occur problems in an air conditioner that can obviously lead to poor outcomes and a faulty system. Luckily, we’re the pros that will call them out and share the knowledge with you and everyone in the community. AC replacement in Albuquerque, NM is always an option when you have a team of professionals to help!

Let’s talk about some of the most prominent problems that lead to AC replacement. We’ll see if there’s anything you can do and the best ways to approach AC replacement as a whole.

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Could Your AC Use a Thermostat Upgrade?

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Homeowners don’t think about their thermostats enough. That’s a problem! For such a small, inexpensive component of a heating or cooling system, they really do have a significant impact on your comfort.

Take those old analog thermostats for instance. Back in the day we used to get calls about faulty air conditioners all the time because our thermostats were constantly failing and reading incorrect temperatures. We were inundated with a plague of systems that were faulty because the brain, or thermostat, didn’t have the technology that they do now.

Smart thermostats paired with our smartphone technology really are the solution many homeowners need. Being able to control your air conditioner with the touch of your phone is just one of many amazing benefits that come with such a system. Think about a new thermostat upgrade when considering air conditioning installation in Albuquerque, NM.

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The Dangers of Short-Cycling

Monday, July 13th, 2020

So, let’s say it’s a hot summer day and you’re gearing up to start your air conditioner so that it can keep your home cool. It’s been recently installed, so you know that it must be in good condition and there really shouldn’t be anything wrong with it, at least you hope.

Then it starts. The system starts and cools your home down but shuts down only after 10 minutes. It starts up again, loudly, and repeats this process over and over again. You’re tired of the constant clicking of an AC that’s turning on and off and you’re wondering if this is normal. It’s not.

This is what we in the industry call short-cycling, and it’s even worse than you think. This is a serious issue that could impact your AC’s efficiency, lead to a premature breakdown, and might only be fixed by air conditioning replacement in Albuquerque, NM. Keep reading to find out more.

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Choose a Ductless System Today

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Ductless air conditioning systems are incredibly effective at cooling homes. They’re a unique example of how advancing technology has given us a new solution for homes where ductwork just isn’t an option.

For many homeowners who had homes that were either too small or too old for air duct installation, heavy-duty air conditioning just wasn’t an option. Families like these had to live with window air conditioner units, which are hardly considered an effective method of air conditioning. It was a harsh reality back ten or twenty years ago, but with the advent of the ductless AC system, things have changed for the better. Luckily, ductless AC installation in Albuquerque, NM is prevalent and easily available by professionals like us.

We’re writing today to inform homeowners that might not know about these systems. We’ll talk about some of the advantages they provide and why you might be the perfect partner for a ductless system.

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